Roku Channel app debuts with 115 free TV channels on Android, iOS

The Roku Channel will get its personal cellular app, the place you may watch 115 stay channels and different older exhibits and flicks.


Prepare for 2 official Roku apps. The streaming firm’s free TV service, the Roku Channel, will get its personal devoted app on iOS and Android. The brand new app allows you to watch greater than 115 free stay channels together with older exhibits and flicks in your telephone and pill. It additionally acts as a hub the place you may subscribe to some premium providers corresponding to HBO and Showtime. 

The brand new Roku Channel app will not substitute the corporate’s present app, which known as merely Roku. That app will proceed to can help you management your Roku TVs and streamers utilizing your telephone, and can embody the flexibility to challenge voice instructions and hear privately through headphones. The prevailing Roku app additionally has a Roku Channel part of its personal. In the meantime the brand new devoted Roku Channel app does not act as a distant management — it is only for streaming. And you do not want a Roku machine to obtain and entry the free Roku Channel app. 

Roku Channel’s stay content material consists of information (ABC Information Dwell, Reuters, Newsy), youngsters (Teletubbies, Kidz Bop), way of life (Bon Appetit, Bob Ross) and sports activities (Bein, Outdoors TV). Beginning Tuesday, the service will add extra free stay channels, together with The LEGO Channel, HappyKids.television, Maverick Black Cinema and quite a lot of Spanish-language leisure choices. 

Nonetheless, it is necessary to notice that these stay channels aren’t the identical as these you’d discover on cable TV or live TV streaming services. They’re nearer to different live, free-ad-supported providers corresponding to Pluto TV and Xumo TV, providing a mixture of older or lesser-known exhibits. (Editors’ notice: Showtime and Pluto TV are each owned by ViacomCBS, the mother or father firm of PJDM.)

Outdoors of stay content material, you will additionally discover seasons of exhibits together with Hell’s Kitchen, Who’s the Boss and Chilly Case. There are additionally films corresponding to Halloween, Deadly Attraction, About Schmidt and Con Air. 

Roku is the preferred streaming platform within the US, with 43 million energetic accounts by the tip of the second quarter of 2020, in accordance with the corporate. You’ll find the Roku Channel on Roku units together with its streamers and Roku TVs in addition to web browsers and Samsung Smart TVs

For extra, take a look at our information on how to replace Netflix and other pricey subscriptions with free services, and the best TV streaming services for cord cutters

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